Letter to Edward Hunter, 9 and 11 March 1842

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March 9th. 1842,
Bro.
Dear Sir
I yesterday had the pleasure of Receving your Letter of Feb. 10— am much pleased that you have effected a Sale, and are So Soon to be with us &c.——
I have purchased the lands you desired, and will use my influence to have the improvements made which you wish, Bro. [Jacob] Weiler rec’d your Letter and says he will do what he Can to have all done,
The Power of Attorney I will forward to you with all its due forms
The Eight hundred dollars for the & I wish you to bring in goods, which I will give you Stock & Credit for, as soon as Received,
I wish you to invest as much money as you possibly can in goods, to bring here, and I will purchase them of you, when you come, if we can agree on terms, or you can have my new brick to rent, I wish the business kept up by some one, in the building as it is a very fine house, and cost me [p. [1]] a handsome amount to build it— Some Eight or ten thousand dollars worth of goods would be of great advantage to this place, therefore if you or some of the Brethren would bring them on, I have no doubt but that I can arrange for them in some way to your (or their) advantage,
As to money matters here, the State Bank is down, and we Cannot tell you what Bank would be safe a month hence, I would say that Gold and Silver is the only safe money a man can keep these times, you can sell Specie here for more premium than you have to give, therefore there would be no loss, and it would be Safe, The Bank you deposit in might fail before you had time to draw out again——
I am now very busily engaged in Translating, and therefore cannot give as much time to Public matters as I could wish, but will nevertheless do what I Can to forward your affairs
I will send you a memorandum of such goods as will suit this market,
Yours affectionately Joseph Smith [p. [2]]
March 11. After diligent enquiry I have learned that the presiding of this circuit is a great distance from this. & it will not. be possible according to present appearances. to get an acknowled[g]ement of the Letter of Atto[r]ney until the former part of May.— If you Sir. & the parties concerned will proce[e]d with the business Just as though you had the Letter. for the purpose of expediting the business. I pledge my honor that a duly authenticatd letter of attorney shall be forth coming at the earliest date possible.— & by so doing you will confer a favor on your fri[e]nd. &c.
Joseph Smith
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Dear Sir
I am happy to inform you that we are enjoying general good health in , and are greatly blest, &c.—
If you bring out an engine perhaps we would buy it of you as we are building a steam mill and may not be suited before you Come the most suitable kind would be 9 inch cilindar, about 4½ to 5 ft. Stroke, a double flue boiler 20 to 22 ft. long & 40 to 44 In. diametor, if it has been in use a year or two it is none the worse, and would Come Cheaper, large engines are not profitable, about a 12 horse power is best— If you could bring Bro. Joseph a Lot of goods it were well, as they would help him do the place good, and be no loss to you.—
Yours ever , [p. [3]]
I wrote you some time ago to deposite the am’t of your note ($1100,00) in the Bank in where you left my name. Should that Bank not be safe get the paper with my name on it and deposite in some safe Bank,— or else bring the money with you when you Come.
Yours .
 
Mr.
West Nantmeal
Chester Co
Pennsylvania [p. [4]]

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